Color Theory Class this Fall

September 6, 2011

Above: A batch of books made with the same handmade decorative paper and different colors of bookcloth.

I'm pleased to announce that this fall at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts I'll be teaching a color theory class geared toward book artists. This class will satisfy a portion of the "core curriculum design requrement" if you are enrolled in the Core Certificate.

Intro to Design: Color Theory for Book Artists
Six Mondays: September 26, October 3, 10, 24, 31, November 7; 7-9pm
All skill levels welcome.
$180 ($160 members), no supply fee (see note below about supplies students purchase individually)

In this class you will develop an understanding of color theory that will inform and enrich your book arts decisions. You'll feel more confident in your color choices, whether you are selecting papers, fabrics and foils for a structure, printing a fine edition, creating a series of prints, or painting an illustration or artist book.

The class will begin with an exploration of the mixing of colors using watercolor paints. (No painting experience is necessary—we are concerning ourselves with understanding pigments and color relationships.) There will be exercises for you to complete at home to fully understand the concepts.

Over the course of the lessons there will be lecture and discussion geared towards helping you work with the principles presented in a concrete way on a specific project. Each student will be encouraged to work through on a book arts project of his or her choice with direction from me and feedback from classmates.

Supply notes: All students will need to purchase a few sheets of 22 x 30 inch watercolor paper (which we will tear down), a size 8 watercolor brush, and either a 3-color or an 8-color set of watercolors for the initial lessons' homework exercises. (The 8-color set is recommended for students interested in illustration and printmaking.) A recommended paint list will be sent to registered students. Students are responsible for purchasing materials for their independent project.

If you don't have a current book arts project I will provide economical suggestions for students interested in working with the concepts, but who don't have a specific project in mind.

Come along and find out more about color and how to work with it in all your book arts projects—structures, illustrations, design, and printmaking. You'll learn how to work through the planning process of your book arts projects with confident color choices working for you.

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